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Leicester

I think just about every football fan in the country is fascinated by this run they're on and fair play to them for managing it. I just can't help thinking how long will it last? Past Vardy, Mahrez and probably Kante have they really got anyone to 'warrant' being that high in the table? Don't get me wrong you can't fault their unity etc. but will it really last the whole season.
You also have to think about the possibility of injuries to Vardy or Mahrez, which surely will end their run.

Surely their owner needs to go all out in January, too keep their key players and strengthen their mainly very average team. Just fascinated to hear how long people think it'll last, and the players you think they should sign.
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  • Hard to discount the hard work Albrighton, Drinkwater and of course Kante & Mahrez do. The midfield is key to them, they are incredibly quick to win balls and move it on. They've found the right level of everything (at the moment), teams in essence can slow them down but to absolutely no avail as the second they get pressed in midfield they have to essentially re-up their speed again so it's totally negated.

    Lovely to watch and it's what the Prem has needed for a while if they can keep it up.. Bearing in mind the XI cost less than Diego Costa did alone.
  • edited December 2015
    Wow, 5001-1 for the title at the start of the season, now 20-1.
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    1936 x 1936 - 1M
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    1774 x 1774 - 803K
  • edited December 2015
    Incredibly fit team. They press like nothing else, reminds me of guardiolas barca team that defended right from the front with a lot of pace, continually harrying but unlike many other teams also incredibly disciplined in shape. I do hope they do something this year and keep going right to the final game.
  • I'm not sure they'll keep it up for the whole season, but a place in Europe is definitely on the cards (and deserved!)
  • It all depends on Injuries. If they can stay fit then I see no reason why they can't finish in the top 6 or even top 4 .
  • Curbs just talking about Leicester on SSN and mentioned how Parker leaving derailed our season. Also admitted though that, should one of the big clubs come in for Vardy or Mahrez, it will be very difficult for them to hold onto them - not so much from the money on offer but more from the perspective of the player wanting to leave.

    The Club will never have a better chance of winning the PL let alone qualifying for the CL (no team with this number of points at this stage of the season has ever finished outside the top four). The issue for those two players in particular is that, should they suffer a loss of form in the second half of the season, then not only will Leicester probably end up mid table but they won't get that big club/money move.
  • Curbs just talking about Leicester on SSN and mentioned how Parker leaving derailed our season. Also admitted though that, should one of the big clubs come in for Vardy or Mahrez, it will be very difficult for them to hold onto them - not so much from the money on offer but more from the perspective of the player wanting to leave.

    The Club will never have a better chance of winning the PL let alone qualifying for the CL (no team with this number of points at this stage of the season has ever finished outside the top four). The issue for those two players in particular is that, should they suffer a loss of form in the second half of the season, then not only will Leicester probably end up mid table but they won't get that big club/money move.

    This is it though... A player should never be signed simply because they're on form but for their ability... If Manchester United sign Vardy in January it'll be because they know Leicester are a threat to their chances of getting into the Champions League, as there will be no chance of Vardy continuing the rest of the season by scoring in nearly every game

    If they wait till the summer Vardy might have had a rubbish Euro 2016... He might have lost form completely, but they'll be signing him because they'll know that with the right service, he can easily replicate his scoring again
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  • Things are different these days though, the amount of tv money that clubs get means the smaller clubs don't 'have' to sell their top players. Leicester would be absolutely crazy to sell in January even if offered 25-30m for Mahrez or Vardy. If they make the champions league they'll get at least that anyway.
  • Curbs just talking about Leicester on SSN and mentioned how Parker leaving derailed our season. Also admitted though that, should one of the big clubs come in for Vardy or Mahrez, it will be very difficult for them to hold onto them - not so much from the money on offer but more from the perspective of the player wanting to leave.

    The Club will never have a better chance of winning the PL let alone qualifying for the CL (no team with this number of points at this stage of the season has ever finished outside the top four). The issue for those two players in particular is that, should they suffer a loss of form in the second half of the season, then not only will Leicester probably end up mid table but they won't get that big club/money move.

    The difference though is that Leicester are above everyone else, and the "big clubs" are making such a mess of things. Why would Mahrez say go to Man U at this point, when they might not make the CL?

    Both Mahrez and Vardy have done well enough that they won't be forgotten next summer if Leicester slide a bit
  • Thing is if you're top of the league and heading for the Champions League, why would you leave? Oh yes, money.

    From a club perspective the riches of being in the CL alone will outdo the sales of Vardy/Mahrez and from a player perspective, Vardy doesn't come across as a money grabber especially given his non league background.

    This is exactly what the Premier League needs.
  • February will make or break them.

    Liverpool H
    Man City A
    Arsenal A

    in the space of 10 days.
  • andyg90 said:

    Thing is if you're top of the league and heading for the Champions League, why would you leave? Oh yes, money.

    From a club perspective the riches of being in the CL alone will outdo the sales of Vardy/Mahrez and from a player perspective, Vardy doesn't come across as a money grabber especially given his non league background.

    This is exactly what the Premier League needs.

    Vardy won't want to screw up his chance in the Euros. Imagine if he joined Man U or City, the goals dry up and he loses his place in the Euros squad, he'd be kicking himself
  • February will make or break them.

    Liverpool H
    Man City A
    Arsenal A

    in the space of 10 days.

    Closer to end of season and if still in contention you're right that could be make or break. This month is a good test of their credentials. Played Chelsea, then Everton and Liverpool away and then ManCity at home.

  • Jints said:

    It's wonderful. I'm not sure what I'm enjoying more, Leicester's ascent or Chelsea's demise.

    I think the former. I haven't forgotten that when we played them away two seasons ago, I phoned Charlton for tickets for me and the lad, asked how much and they said they were free, compliments of Leicester. Apparently they give away they gave away 50 tickets to away fans coming as a parent/child combo.

    I am loving both, Leicester to win the league and chelseas relegation would be exactly what football needs in this country, especially the latter, as the club who started this crazy financial era to then crumble?? Irony
  • No team that has been top after 16 games has ever finished lower than 4th (since premier league started)
  • andyg90 said:

    Thing is if you're top of the league and heading for the Champions League, why would you leave? Oh yes, money.

    From a club perspective the riches of being in the CL alone will outdo the sales of Vardy/Mahrez and from a player perspective, Vardy doesn't come across as a money grabber especially given his non league background.

    This is exactly what the Premier League needs.

    All depends how Vardy is doing in the casino as to whether he needs the money or not!
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  • Great for the neutral
    Loving it
  • if I was a 'bigger' club than Leicester and had the money i'd be trying to sign Vardy and Mahrez as a pair.
  • Incredibly fit team. They press like nothing else, reminds me of guardiolas barca team that defended right from the front with a lot of pace, continually harrying but unlike many other teams also incredibly disciplined in shape. I do hope they do something this year and keep going right to the final game.

    This is what makes me suspect they may run out of steam a bit towards the end of the season. Guardiola famously likes to run with a small squad, but managing a club like Barca or Bayern you can have a small squad made up entirely of world class players so you can still rotate a fair bit. Leicester are a bit more reliant on their first XI.

    A lot will depend on what they can do in January in terms of keeping players like Mahrez and adding a couple of quality bodies, but players may find it tough to come straight in and play with the energy Leicester needs them to.

    Still think the title will be a bridge too far for them, but Champions League qualification is a realistic target now. They'll be helped by not being in Europe, like Liverpool were a couple of seasons back, and although they probably have a decent chance to win it, they could probably do without going too far in the FA cup as well.
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26300042

    What I like about Leicester is that they haven't gone up to the PL and just bought a new team.

    This is the team that beat us in April 2014 and it's very recognisable, despite the fact that we're now 2 seasons on. Leicester have kept the nucleus of that team, and the team spirit and just topped it up.
    I posted this on the other thread, but one of the things I like about Leicester is that they kept the core of the promotion team, even after 2 summers of recruitment and a new manager. This has really helped the team spirit. It's amazing to think that both Vardy and Mahrez both played against us!
  • I think it's brilliant for the PL and would love it if they did get into Europe. I think Drinkwater has been consistently excellent all season
  • edited December 2015

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26300042

    What I like about Leicester is that they haven't gone up to the PL and just bought a new team.

    This is the team that beat us in April 2014 and it's very recognisable, despite the fact that we're now 2 seasons on. Leicester have kept the nucleus of that team, and the team spirit and just topped it up.
    I posted this on the other thread, but one of the things I like about Leicester is that they kept the core of the promotion team, even after 2 summers of recruitment and a new manager. This has really helped the team spirit. It's amazing to think that both Vardy and Mahrez both played against us!

    Goes to show as well that things can be done a more sensible budget, if your player recruitment is right (although is easier said than done to get it working so well).

    Leicester paid less than 1.5 million for Vardy and Mahrez - they could probably get upwards of 30, maybe even 40 m if they were to sell them in January.

    We supposedly paid more for Izale Mcleod, Andy Gray, and Naby Sarr individually
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26300042

    What I like about Leicester is that they haven't gone up to the PL and just bought a new team.

    This is the team that beat us in April 2014 and it's very recognisable, despite the fact that we're now 2 seasons on. Leicester have kept the nucleus of that team, and the team spirit and just topped it up.
    I posted this on the other thread, but one of the things I like about Leicester is that they kept the core of the promotion team, even after 2 summers of recruitment and a new manager. This has really helped the team spirit. It's amazing to think that both Vardy and Mahrez both played against us!
    Goes to show as well that things can be done a more sensible budget, if your player recruitment is right (although is easier said than done to get it working so well).

    Leicester paid less than 1.5 million for Vardy and Mahrez - they could probably get upwards of 30, maybe even 40 m if they were to sell them in January.

    We supposedly paid more for Izale Mcleod, Andy Gray, and Naby Sarr individually

    Leicester ran up debts of around £100m in the five or so seasons before they were promoted to the Premier League and were the big spenders almost every season (occasionally joined by Cardiff or QPR)

    Of all the praise heaped on them, saying they were financially prudent in the Championship is not one I agree with.
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26300042

    What I like about Leicester is that they haven't gone up to the PL and just bought a new team.

    This is the team that beat us in April 2014 and it's very recognisable, despite the fact that we're now 2 seasons on. Leicester have kept the nucleus of that team, and the team spirit and just topped it up.
    I posted this on the other thread, but one of the things I like about Leicester is that they kept the core of the promotion team, even after 2 summers of recruitment and a new manager. This has really helped the team spirit. It's amazing to think that both Vardy and Mahrez both played against us!

    They also kept all of Pearson's backroom staff. And of course Tinkerman learned from past experiences - by not tinkering every game.

    The other thing to bear in mind is the games that they have left. Yes they are a brilliant counter attacking side but teams will be wise to this and inviting pressure away from home from, whatever their current form is, the likes of Everton, Liverpool, Spurs, Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea isn't going to be easy. Especially if injuries and suspensions start to take their toll and the likes of Morgan and Huth are as influential on the team as individuals such as Mahrez and Vardy are match winning.
  • IA said:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26300042

    What I like about Leicester is that they haven't gone up to the PL and just bought a new team.

    This is the team that beat us in April 2014 and it's very recognisable, despite the fact that we're now 2 seasons on. Leicester have kept the nucleus of that team, and the team spirit and just topped it up.
    I posted this on the other thread, but one of the things I like about Leicester is that they kept the core of the promotion team, even after 2 summers of recruitment and a new manager. This has really helped the team spirit. It's amazing to think that both Vardy and Mahrez both played against us!
    Goes to show as well that things can be done a more sensible budget, if your player recruitment is right (although is easier said than done to get it working so well).

    Leicester paid less than 1.5 million for Vardy and Mahrez - they could probably get upwards of 30, maybe even 40 m if they were to sell them in January.

    We supposedly paid more for Izale Mcleod, Andy Gray, and Naby Sarr individually
    Leicester ran up debts of around £100m in the five or so seasons before they were promoted to the Premier League and were the big spenders almost every season (occasionally joined by Cardiff or QPR)

    Of all the praise heaped on them, saying they were financially prudent in the Championship is not one I agree with.

    I'm aware they had to spend to get out of the division, but Vardy and Mahrez are great examples of the kind of value for money that is out there.
  • IA said:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26300042

    What I like about Leicester is that they haven't gone up to the PL and just bought a new team.

    This is the team that beat us in April 2014 and it's very recognisable, despite the fact that we're now 2 seasons on. Leicester have kept the nucleus of that team, and the team spirit and just topped it up.
    I posted this on the other thread, but one of the things I like about Leicester is that they kept the core of the promotion team, even after 2 summers of recruitment and a new manager. This has really helped the team spirit. It's amazing to think that both Vardy and Mahrez both played against us!
    Goes to show as well that things can be done a more sensible budget, if your player recruitment is right (although is easier said than done to get it working so well).

    Leicester paid less than 1.5 million for Vardy and Mahrez - they could probably get upwards of 30, maybe even 40 m if they were to sell them in January.

    We supposedly paid more for Izale Mcleod, Andy Gray, and Naby Sarr individually
    Leicester ran up debts of around £100m in the five or so seasons before they were promoted to the Premier League and were the big spenders almost every season (occasionally joined by Cardiff or QPR)

    Of all the praise heaped on them, saying they were financially prudent in the Championship is not one I agree with.
    I'm aware they had to spend to get out of the division, but Vardy and Mahrez are great examples of the kind of value for money that is out there.

    Vardy cost about a million from non league. Can't remember many saying he looked like good value at the time
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